Wirral : A Cultivated Borough of Culture ?

The illumination of Birkenhead Town Hall tonight marks the first event of Wirral’s Borough of Culture year. We hope those who attended tripped the light fantastic. Meanwhile one of our readers has been in touch with kind comments on our own cultural credentials along with some interesting observations about Wirral’s appointment of  ‘cultural ambassadors’ and their own experience of past approaches to local cultural events.
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Dear Wirralleaks
Congratulations on the excellent work – please keep it going.
I understand that at the recent Wirral Borough of Culture launch event one of the ‘cultural ambassadors’ was none other than Stan Boardman.   If this is an indication of what are civic leaders understand culture to mean, things are even worse than I thought.
I last saw Boardman dressed in a Nazi uniform at a half-time ‘entertainment’ slot at Prenton Park (this was a few years ago, and certainly not under the current regime of the Palioses, who are, in my opinion, doing a good job).   He was goose-stepping up and down the pitch doing Heil Hitler salutes to the tune of his hit song about the Nazis bombing ‘our chippy’.   Inconveniently, there were some German schoolchildren in the crowd, guests of the club.   I wrote and complained, and received a response from Chairperson Lorraine Rogers who sympathised but said there was nothing that she could do.
There have been some worthwhile attempts to promote culture in Wirral, but with this level of philistine leadership they are going to struggle to take root.

I believe that Chris Boardman was also there, so maybe the organisers didn’t get beyond the letter B in the directory of local celebrities.   Or maybe ‘Boardman’ was written in to the specification.

I am also reminded that for several years running the ‘Birkenhead Festival’ was a couple of bouncy castles and a disco behind the Crown pub on Conway Street. Lofty cultural aspirations indeed!
Well done on the mention in the current edition of Private Eye.
Keep up the good work

Public Service Announcement : Wirral NHS CCG AGM

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Your chance to learn the language of NHS and hopefully find out what’s happening locally with OUR NHS at Wirral NHS Clinical Commissioning Group’s AGM.

Further details of how to register for the event can be found here

 

 

Election Selection : Week 5

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Storm the barricades: Power Boy Pip in his ‘The North Face’ windcheater doesn’t know whether to laugh at Cllr Brian Kenny in a hi-viz jacket or cry that he could have been the MP for Wirral West

Corbyn’s Tour of Wirral

As we have previously highlighted, the Wirral West constituency is the only local point of interest for us in the forthcoming General Election as it promises to be a closely contested marginal seat . Hence the presence of Jezza himself yesterday on West Kirby beach in support of current Labour MP, Margaret Greenwood. Let’s face it – in terms of profile it’s an improvement on ‘Lord’ Prescott and Labour Deputy John McDonnell who turned up to do the good cop/bad cop routine last time around.

Nevertheless our sources tell us it was much like the weather –  despite the numbers it was a bit of a damp squib. Organisers couldn’t quite co-ordinate the Corbyn motorcade with The Velvelettes classic  ‘He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ booming out on the PA – but full marks (or should that be Marx) for trying.

Corbyn turned up later as the support act for The Libertines at Prenton Park at the ‘Wirral Live’ concerts taking place over the weekend – although we’re not sure it’s exactly ethical that people turning up for a pop concert should be involuntarily treated to a party political broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party. Having said that we couldn’t name a Libertines tune between us here at Leaky Towers. But we suspect that lead singer Pete Doherty would most definitely feel at home round here and would have no doubt provided a boost to the local economy. Just sayin’

Working Hard For Frankenfield

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Some of you lucky people have received Birkenhead MP Frank Field’s campaign leaflet published by his political agent Cllr George Davies. We know this as we’ve been forwarded a copy. First thing to say is why did Gorgeous George bother wasting Labour party funds on publishing such a pointless item when we all know that all Frankenfield needs to do to get elected is NOT support a corrupt local regime complicit in the abuse of vulnerable people. Oh………..

The leaflet is most curious as Frankenfield seems to concede that the forthcoming General Election is a foregone conclusion.

He says he’s going to:

  • Push the new government to negotiate a Brexit settlement that makes our country fairer and more prosperous while enabling us to control our own borders ,our own laws and our own taxpayer’ money
  • Build pressure on the new government to protect and strengthen the NHS and social care
  • Encourage the new government to place every household automatically onto the cheapest available tariff for their gas and electricity

So is he saying – the Conservative Party is a shoo-in or that he will be challenging his own party? Modern politics can be so confusing! As far as we’re concerned there appears to be a hare’s breath between all of the political parties after your vote. Not least when you consider Theresa May’s Tory Smorgasbord of policies nicked from left,right and centre.

For example did you know that analysis of party manifestos by Resolution Foundation shows Jeremy Corbyn would go ahead with most of former Tory chancellor George Osborne’s planned benefits cuts. This includes at least a £7bn slash to welfare even if Labour wins power. Apparently three-quarters of the huge package of benefit cuts announced by the former chancellor in 2015 are yet to be implemented, including a major reduction in support given to the low-paid, and limiting payments to families with more than two children. Did Jezza mention any of this during his rousing speeches over the weekend?  Just askin’ .

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/20/labour-manifesto-keep-planned-tory-benefit-cuts-resolution-foundation?CMP=share_btn_tw

Finally – we just need to reiterate our apolitical credentials. We do not intend to exert any political influence over our readers. All we ask is that you question everything, especially when ongoing political campaigns seem to confirm the old adage that politics is showbiz for ugly people!